Cinnamon-Spiced Hot Chocolate with Almond


Although hot chocolate with cinnamon is often called "Mexican hot chocolate" in the U.S., this spiced hot chocolate is more a cross between Mexican drinking chocolate and champurrado. Use Mexican chocolate and cinnamon to make this recipe closer to a Mexican hot chocolate.

Mexican Hot Chocolate
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
20 mins


  • 3 ounce semisweet chocolate, cut up

  • 1 tablespoon sugar

  • ½ - 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 4 cup milk

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla

  • Few drops almond extract

  • Whipped cream (optional)

  • Ground cinnamon (optional)


  1. In a blender or food processor combine chocolate, sugar, and the 1/2 to 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Cover and blend or process until finely ground.

  2. In a large saucepan combine ground chocolate mixture and milk. Cook and stir over low heat about 10 minutes or until chocolate melts. Remove saucepan from heat; stir in vanilla and almond extract.

  3. Beat with a rotary beater or Mexican molinillo (wooden beater) until very frothy. Serve in mugs. If desired, top with whipped cream. If desired, sprinkle with additional ground cinnamon.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

236 Calories
11g Fat
28g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 236
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 18mg 6%
Sodium 123mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Protein 10g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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